The focus of the project is on students 16-19 years of age making decisions about studying on any course in which business is an element. Our purpose is to deepen their understanding of what a future in business might hold for them. The project utilises the work of SMEs to inform the business understanding of these students as this key sector of the economy provides many with first and continued employment post-degree. Both Southampton Solent and Aston Universities have strong links with the SME in their region and the knowledge gained from this underpins the project.

Opening up a Future in Business

The focus of the project is on students 16-19 years of age making decisions about studying on any course in which business is an element.  Our purpose is to deepen their understanding of what a future in business might hold for them.  The project utilises the work of SMEs to inform the business understanding of these students as this key sector of the economy provides many with first and continued employment post-degree. Both Southampton Solent and Aston Universities have strong links with the SME in their region and the knowledge gained from this underpins the project.

The OER, produced in the shape of a Moodle course, will be usable both as a whole and as separate elements.  It will draw on contributions from final year project students, their tutors, alumni working in this sector as well as leaders of SME.

This resource will be valuable to students not only in making decisions about university study but also to think about applying for work experience as part of the whole decision making process.  It will create a wide variety of materials which can be used by schools and colleges as part of career events.  As well as being useful to those making decisions about studies in H.E., elements of it may also be utilised by both first year tutors and placement staff

Objectives

Through production of a combination of podcasts, vodcasts and other learning objects produce an informative and richly populated granular OER to be used as a learning resource for 16-19 year olds considering a future in business.  As well as showing the experience of those who work with or in SMEs it is also an objective to illustrate the skills and knowledge students will develop at university by showcasing the experiences of university students engaged in projects, returning from work experience and evaluating their developing knowledge 

Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes

  • A Moodle course which opens out as a set of Moodle books each covering an aspect of connected series of information and perspectives of working in SMEs.  Downloadable both as a total package and in its separate parts to ensure full granularity.
  • Create a set of learning objects for use in the Moodle course.  e.g. podcasts, vodcasts, of employers, tutors, students and new graduates, learning materials and exercises; edited from existing material or specifically made for this project.
  • Review these materials with local colleges and critical friend and build this feedback into the project

Project Staff

Project Manager

  • Dr Barbara Lee, Southampton Solent University, Southampton Business School, Tel:02380 319075 Fax:02380 337438 barbara.lee@solent.ac.uk

Project Team

  • Prof Jenny Anderson, Southampton Solent University, Faculty of Business Sport & Enterprise, Tel:02380 319404 fax:  02380 337438  jenny.anderson@solent.ac.uk 
  • Prof Helen E Higson, Aston University, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Tel:0121 204 3191 h.e.higson@aston.ac.uk
Summary
Start date
17 October 2011
End date
19 October 2011
Funding programme
Academy/JISC Open Educational Resources Programme Phase 3
Lead institutions

Southampton Solent University,

Partner institutions

Aston University

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